1.5K Pinoys in UAE join Sinopharm’s vaccine clinical trials

Thursday, September 10th, 2020. Filed under: News

MANILA, Sept 10 (Mabuhay) — Some 1,500 Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) participated in Sinopharm’s clinical trial for its candidate vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Chinese Embassy in Manila confirmed Wednesday.

In a statement quoting Ambassador Huang Xilian, the Embassy said the 1,500 Filipinos are among the more than 30,000 volunteers who joined the Chinese company’s phase III clinical trial, which started on June 23, in the Gulf state.

The candidate vaccine is expected to enter similar last stage evaluations in Bahrain, Argentina, Peru, and Morocco, involving more than 50,000 volunteers from 115 countries.

According to the Embassy, over “hundreds of thousands of people” have been inoculated with Sinopharm’s vaccine since China launched the emergency use of Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) vaccines on July 22, “with no cases of severe adverse effects or infection”.

The Embassy added that relevant tests of Sinopharm’s vaccine against major SARS-CoV-2 strains, including those from Beijing Xinfadi as well as other regions of Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Austria showed “promising results” in both safety and efficacy.

The Chinese candidate vaccine is expected to be on the market by the end of December 2020, said the Embassy, adding that the company has built two high-level biosafety production facilities both in Beijing and Wuhan, with an annual production capacity of 300 million doses.

“With the expansion of production capacity, the annual output will reach 800 million to 1 billion doses in the future,” it said.  (MNS)

ALSO READ: Russia says Philippines may manufacture anti-COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V

Related posts

Duterte prefers Russia, China’s COVID-19 vaccines as other firms ask for advance paymentDOH hopes to start Avigan trial in coming weeksRussia says Philippines may manufacture anti-COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik VDelay hits start of Avigan clinical trials in PhilippinesLagundi clinical trials get FDA nod — DOST chief‘Vaccine hesitancy’ has dropped in Philippines, says DuquePRRD ‘most hopeful’ about potential China-made vaccineAvigan trial still awaiting finalization of legal documents –DOHCOVID-19 vaccine may be available in Philippines 2nd quarter of 2021 — DOHAvigan trials in PH still hasn’t started — DOHPH in talks with at least 16 COVID-19 vaccine developers – DOHSputnik V availability in Philippines seen by April 2021Beijing welcomes FDA approval of Chinese traditional medicineDOST to lead clinical trials for Covid-19 vaccine from RussiaPRRD accepts Russia’s CoVid-19 vaccine offerDuterte’s dilemma: After Russian vaccine, can I get COVID-19 shots from other countries?Drug maker AstraZeneca applies for COVID-19 vaccine trials in PHUS committed to give Philippines access to COVID-19 vaccinesRussia can make COVID-19 vaccines for Philippines in January 2021Covid-19 vaccine might be ready early next year — envoy